President Trump and his anti-immigration rhetoric were cited as an inspiration by the white supremacist shooter who killed nearly fifty people last night at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and he made it clear why that was the case this afternoon in an appalling series of statements to media.
Unapologetic and unfazed by the senseless slaughter that was committed by one of his supporters, Trump offered some insincere words of condolences before immediately pivoting right back into the kind of white nationalist anti-immigrant rhetoric that inspired the attack in the first place, calling immigrants coming across the southern border an “invasion.”
TRUMP echoes white supremacist rhetoric: "Congress' vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality…People hate the word 'invasion,' but that's what it is. It's an invasion of drugs, criminals, & people…in some cases, they are killers." pic.twitter.com/nupFMpmHQZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 15, 2019
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When he was asked if white nationalism was a serious problem, he said replied with “not really” and dismissed it as a “small group of people” — who all happen to support him.
Trump in Oval Office on whether white nationalism is a serious growing problem, given the white nationalist gunman who massacred Muslims in NZ. " I don't really. I think it's a small group of people."
— Sebastian Smith (@SebastianAFP) March 15, 2019
He could not have made it more clear that he doesn’t care about the effects of his racist rhetoric, which were featured prominently in the manifesto of the Christchurch murderer. The killer literally wrote the words “an invasion never before seen in history, millions of people pouring across our borders” and said he committed the attack to show the “invaders” that “our lands will never be their lands.”
It is terrifying and repulsive to see the President of the United States repeating the same toxic ideas the very next day. He bears a great deal of blame for this horrifying tragedy but doesn’t even have the decency to even appear contrite.